(22 Aug 2021)
Targeted Groups of workers at Hong Kong International
including airline staff, will be required to be vaccinated, with no
option of producing negative results in place of vaccination or
medical exemption from vaccination.
The new requirement is being implemented on top of the
rules introduced by the Airport Authority Hong Kong since 1
August that all staff entering the airport restricted area must be
fully vaccinated, or be able to produce a negative test result.
The Targeted Groups subject to the new
requirement include those handling high-risk cargo or having
unavoidable close range contact with arrival and transfer/transit
passengers and crew within 1.5-metre without partition or barrier,
such as airline and ground agent staff, ramp coordinator, inflight
catering coordinator, cargo loading staff, as well as cabin and
Airport operators including airlines must only
deploy vaccinated staff to perform the relevant duties.
The new requirements will be implemented in two
– In phase 1, with effect from 1 September, staff
in the Targeted Groups are mandated to complete at least one dose
of vaccination against COVID19. Those who have completed one dose
or fully vaccinated are required to undergo a test every seven
– In phase 2, with effect from 30 September, all
staff of the Targeted Groups must have completed two doses of
vaccination, and are required to take a test every seven days.
Medical exemption is not accepted in both phases.
To date, over 80% of the staff in the Targeted Groups have
received the first dose of vaccination.
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